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Average rating: 3.8 out of 5
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Ken Welch a hobbyist user from Germany writes:
When I first bought my DX100, my first FM synth, I thought I'd made a big mistake (well, OK, only $200 big). Not until I got it home did I find that the presets were cheesy, no tweaking made them any more usable, and were thin-sounding to boot. Shortly after that I bought my first reverb (also bottom of the line, the original Alesis Midiverb) and that alone made the difference. I'd set the reverb to an extremely long time, turn the wheel on the back of the unit to 'wet' (100% effect) and then pipe in an otherwise unmusical spitting and cracking sound with the pitch going up and down slightly and slowly via the LFO. Voila! The Midiverb smeared the original sound into a huge waterfall of thick drones and fanfares. I loved it!

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:19
Will Gaines a hobbyist user from USA writes:
Layer, Layer, Layer!!! I put this puppy behind my U-220 and 03/R Bass and EP patches for that good ole phat sound. However, you've got to run it through an efx box of some kind if you want it to sound any good. If you can get it cheap. . . pick it up!

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:19
Petar Bugarchich a part time user from USA writes:
DX 100, eh? I bought mine in 1985 with "Calzone" hard case for $350. Case itself was $100! It was a highway robbery! In the beginning I was grosly disappointed with rather thin and squeaky sound DX-100 produced. But as I learned to tweak and re-tweak the presets, plus adding a dirt cheap chorus and reverb efx box, it sounded awesome! Now, the DX-100 is absolutely indisposable part of my MIDI setup setup! I use it mainly for pitch bends glides and slides of all sorts. It links just fine with my bottom of the line lap-top so i take it on the road quite often! I think that DX-100 is already a classic and in a few more years will sell for more than measly 80 bucks!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:19
jeff danos a professional user from US writes:
the dx-100 was my first fm synthesis board. after owning it for over five years now,

i don't really use it much. the main problem with it is that you can pick the sounds

out so easily. even if you craft something yourself, anyone else who's ever worked on one

can sit back, listen, and say, &quot;hey, that's a dx!&quot; spiffy features include the little guitar

strap knobs on the sides, which can be fun for gigs. otherwise, this keyboard is

very dated (and i don't mean in the fun analog way), but strangely enough, it isn't

really worth getting rid of it for a measly $75, so you keep it and use it every now

and then to break things up.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:19
Benjamin Hauger a hobbyist user from USA writes:
The Yamaha DX-100 is a fun little keyboard. I bought mine around November '96; won't tell you how much I paid, but rest assured, it was way too much. =) Anyway, I originally bought it as a &quot;midi controller&quot; keyboard, which is a very bad idea, given the DX-100's mini keys and velocity unsensitivity. For those fist few months, all I used it for was a MIDI controller, until I got a real MIDI controller keyboard. At first, the DX-100 seemed like a toy, with nasty-sounding presets, and generally thin sounds. It took me a while to get over my bias against 4-op FM synths, after working with the Yamaha OPL3 in computer sound cards for so long. But the DX-100, as I discovered, has some very nice strong points, especially considering its price. First off, it's a fun and phat bass box. Granted, this is no TB-303, ;) but you can get some useful sounds out of the DX-100, even if you only use the presets. Once you learn to tweak and create presets, the DX-100 becomes very useful! And, if you toss it into monophonic mode, where envelopes remain untriggered between notes when keys are held down, you can get some great &quot;realtime&quot; effects, even without sysex or CCs. For example, by having OSC3 have a slow attack and decay on the BRASS 3 patch, and playing a pattern in mono mode without letting up on the keys, you get a great filter-sweepy sound; I've actually used it as a background lead in GOA trance with nice results. Other patches worth mentioning include 'Drawbars,' the definitive 'solid bass,' and, if flanged harshly, the 'fuzz guitar.' A note on processing: You'll really want some. You'll want a multi-effects box for the DX-100. It IS dry and thin-sounding when you only hear the dry output! I coupled mine with an Alesis Midiverb II, and it's hard to believe how far a large room / hall reverb will add to any patch, even at low mix-in levels. Also, some of the heavier flanges are interesting when applied to some of the harsher patches. I'd love to have anther box or two and see what the DX-100 would sound like with distortion, flange, AND reverb. Alas, no multi-routing in the midiverb II. In terms of bang-for-buck, the DX-100 is a great piece to have for budding electronic musicians, or wanna-be's like myself.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:19
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